“Just keep going no matter what anyone says or thinks. It’s all about how you feel about you. Most of the negative people are the people who are afraid to do what you are attempting to do…”
Check out the interview with Reggie Mik Fly exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Reggie Mik Fly: When I was a child one of my first loves and interests was music. I was adopted at an early age after being born addicted to heroine. My adopted mother had cancer and diabetes so I was isolated a lot, where my imagination would just get the best of me. I started listening to rap, old school and classic rock. I Imagined what I would sound like as an artist. I also did impersonations and wrote short stories as a child. As the years went by, I got with my older brother Damon West and his best friend named Gee Ride and formed a Group called Apocalypse. We did a few songs as well as demo’s. Once Damon and Gee Ride Got married and moved on I joined other groups like The Innersight Agency. But ego’s took the steam out of the group so I began going solo.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
Well I use Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, Google and Scatter Radio. I talk to people on any social network I can. I also promote on my online radio Show on www.waen-fm.com called The Reggie Mik Fly Show.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Well I am an unsigned artist and I am a mans man so to speak. Better described as a working man. So I work by day, and write songs, and have show odeas by night. My greatest challenge is grinding when I am absolutely tired. Plus studio costs from the music and the shows. If Yyu want something bad enough you will find ways to do it. There are a lot of sacrifices made in this industry.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I grew up poor and had problems at home constantly with my adopted mother. I recall her coming in my room and throwing away my songs as a teenager calling it garbage and saying that my songs wouldn’t amount to anything. Now when I record a song or write lyrics, all I can think is that my mom will have to eat her own words.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
I listen to an instrumental and if it makes me feel a certain way then I will write to it. I make sure I have a real topic that makes people feel some kind of way. I want people to visualize everything that I am writing. And I want them to say “hey that song really meant something.”
What do you think makes a great song?
It has to have a strong message over a smooth beat. They are like peanut butter and jelly. You’ve got to have both of them on the same piece of bread!
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Well I’m in Atlanta Georgia and this is like a one stop shop. It seems like everybody wants to be a singer, actor, or a rapper. I’m originally from the westside of Atlanta and it can be a tough place to live. So it’s the reality rap that I appreciate. It’s the bragging and unrealistic music that I don’t like. If you are an artist then your songs should really have meaning instead of boasting about what you have and how many women you sleeping with.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Well I think that there will always be new talent. I can’t see the music going away any time soon. People need something to get their minds off of the everyday stress, so music will be very creative as far as the future is concerned. But I do feel that artists should take more responsibility for the messages and images that they are putting out. These kids are trying to live what they are hearing in these songs.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Just keep going no matter what anyone says or thinks. It’s all about how you feel about you. Most of the negative people are the people who are afraid to do what you are attempting to do.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Just hit me up on Facebook at Reggie Mik Fly. I’m on Fridays at 3pm live on www.waen-fm.com as well. The Reggie Mik Fly Show features my cousin Brother Bilal as my co-host. My songs are always uploaded on SoundCloud under Reggie Mik Fly. And also I’m on Scatter Radio with my own station doing the Reggie Mik Fly Zone Podcast.